FE: URTIC: ROM

Description
This albarello has a white glazed background with an elaborate cobalt blue cartouche. A basket of fruit sits atop the cartouche, flanked by two peacocks. Also included in the design are scrolls, vines, tassels, and the face of an angel with a pendant cross. The center of the cartouche is marked “C FE: URTIC: ROM.” Urticaria is a skin rash that the medication in this jar was used to treat.
The bottom of the glazed base bares a maker’s mark, a small dot above the letter P. This is the mark of the Pennis family who owned two ceramic factories in the Netherlands from about 1723 to 1789. In addition to apothecary jars they made small utilitarian objects for the home. The family included:
Pennis, Johannes, Sr. d. 1774
Pennis, Anthoney d. 1770
Pennis, Johannes, Jr. d. before 1789
The family owned two factories, the De Porceleyne Schotel from 1723 to 1763 and the De Twee Scheepjes (the two little ships) from 1750 until around 1789.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
jar
jar
date made
1723-1789
maker
Pennis, Johannis
Physical Description
ceramic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 20.5 cm x 13 cm; 8 1/16 in x 5 1/8 in
overall: 8 1/8 in x 4 3/4 in; 20.6375 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
Netherlands
ID Number
1991.0664.0827
catalog number
M-06039
accession number
1991.0664
collector/donor number
SAP 751
catalog number
1991.0664.0827
subject
Pharmacy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
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Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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